What is the significance of churches holding Christmas Tree Festivals

I notice more and more churches advertising Christmas Tree Festivals or exhibitions with a range of decorated trees on display in their sanctuaries.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 14:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2018, 14:18 pm

What is the significance of the trees that they are displaying in relation to the doctrine of their faith as I note that non-Christians, commercial businesses and even atheists also follow the same custom of putting up decorated trees?

The only verse I could find in the Bible concerning decorated trees was a section in Jeremiah 10:2-5 where God denounces the practice as futile: “Thus saith the Lord: “Do not follow the way of the Gentiles (pagans)...for the customs of the people are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails so that it will not topple.”

This bears a very close resemblance to the current practice of decorating trees for Christmas, but here we can see that such practices are very clearly pre-Christian and furthermore condemned by God.

How can the churches reconcile this practice in their buildings today which many call the House of God?

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In the light of the above verses I wonder would Jesus (Yeshua) condone this practice supposedly in honour of His birth?

Just food for thought round the Christmas table.

Colin Nevin